Communication is a basic human right. Every day, people express their ideas, emotions, wants, and needs with various conversational partners. Once young children learn to talk, social communication instruction usually does not take place in a formal setting. Children often learn appropriate means of conducting themselves in a social situation through daily interactions, a skill that continues to develop as a person ages. For individuals that require an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device to express themselves, social communication can become a difficult task. AAC users are often individuals that have difficulty with expressive language, but there are some circumstances where the individual has more complex communication needs. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA, 2019) lists congenital and acquired disabilities that would warrant the use of an AAC device, such as cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, and traumatic brain injury. There is a possibility for communication breakdowns when an AAC user is communicating with a conversational partner, so it is important to be aware of different strategies that could be used in this situation during daily living.
McCarty, Braden; Beck, Ann; and Larkin, Tricia, "Differentiated Social Skills Curriculum for AAC Users" (2019). Graduate Independent Studies - Communication Sciences and Disorders. 24.